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GO TO 2040 recognizes the importance of a modern transportation system to sustain our region's economy and quality of life.  Residents must be able to access a variety of jobs and communities in which to live, and businesses rely on timely shipments to receive inputs and deliver goods.

While the region's transportation system has long been a foundation of our success, it was built decades ago and is in need of significant investment.  Simply put, we must modernize our transportation system to compete in the global economy.  CMAP's work plan emphasizes the following mobility topics:

 

CMAP uses data to prioritize projects and make investment decisions.  Interactive mobility visualizations allow users to explore this data on metropolitan Chicago's transportation system, including road, transit, and freight networks, which drive our regional economy.

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December 5, 2016  

Guide to integrate health into transportation corridor planning

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Health Working Group have developed an action-oriented framework for transportation practitioners wanting to incorporate health into their corridor... Read More About Guide to integrate health into transportation corridor planning
December 5, 2016  

NACTO publishes bike sharing station siting guide

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released a Bike Share Siting Guide , highlighting best practices in station placement and design. Bike share systems... Read More About NACTO publishes bike sharing station siting guide
November 28, 2016  

Report lists strategies for integrating freight into livable communities

A study by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities at Portland State University explores the relationship between freight and livability. After comprehensive literature... Read More About Report lists strategies for integrating freight into livable communities
November 28, 2016  

Report evaluates quality of new Complete Streets policies

The National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Grow America, released a report outlining the nation's best Complete Streets policies of 2015. The ranking included the Village of... Read More About Report evaluates quality of new Complete Streets policies
November 22, 2016  

City of Chicago publishes 2015 bikeways year-in-review report

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have published their annual bikeway report . The document highlights that in 2015 CDOT installed 42 miles of new and... Read More About City of Chicago publishes 2015 bikeways year-in-review report
November 22, 2016  

Safety improvements for reducing crashes between large vehicles and pedestrians and bicyclists

A State Smart Transportation Initiative blog post discusses a new technology being tested by transit agencies in Washington State to help avoid bus-pedestrian crashes, which detects the... Read More About Safety improvements for reducing crashes between large vehicles and pedestrians and bicyclists
November 17, 2016  

Big Ideas forum discusses aging, life for millennials in 2050

On October 27, 2016, about 100 attendees joined CMAP on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus for the latest ON TO 2050 Big Ideas forum, "Designing the Future: Gen X and Millennials... Read More About Big Ideas forum discusses aging, life for millennials in 2050
November 17, 2016  

Local transportation ballot measures fare well in the general election

On November 9, voters considered numerous state and local referenda related to funding transportation systems. CMAP continually monitors national efforts to provide adequate and reliable funding... Read More About Local transportation ballot measures fare well in the general election
November 14, 2016  

New guide introduces placemaking to transportation field

Transportation for America has published an online tool to introduce placemaking to transportation planners, public works agencies, and local elected officials. The resource includes case... Read More About New guide introduces placemaking to transportation field
November 14, 2016  

Study analyzes Bike Score effectiveness

A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity used linear regression to model associations between Bike Score® and journey-to-work cycling... Read More About Study analyzes Bike Score effectiveness
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The transportation network is one of our region's most important assets, moving people and goods to and from jobs, markets, and recreation.  While this advanced system of highways, trains, and buses retains an excellent national and global reputation, it is aging quickly and losing stride with 21st Century needs.  The Regional Vision describes a future multimodal transportation system that is "safe, accessible, easy to navigate, affordable, and coordinated with nearby land uses," reduces congestion and improves mobility, and supports "reinvestment in our existing communities…leading to environmentally sensitive and fiscally efficient outcomes."    

To achieve this, GO TO 2040 seeks to maintain existing infrastructure of all types and gain operational efficiencies from it, make additional investments in transit and freight, use innovative and sustainable finance and system management ideas, link transportation investments with housing and land uses, and encourage choices that result in livable, walkable, transit-supportive communities.  

CMAP thinks about regional transportation system as having the following components: strategic investment, roads, transit, and freight.  A 21st Century transportation system requires strategic investments that support economic growth and quality of life.  Billions of transportation dollars are at stake each year in Illinois.  Taxpayers deserve to understand how priorities are set for investments, and that these investments are credible, accountable, and tied to measureable benefits.  

A strategic, performance-based approach will help to address the region's substantial road congestion and deferred maintenance needs.  Our extensive highway network accommodates the vast majority of regional travel, not only in private automobiles, but also by other mode.  A modern approach to highway investment must embrace "complete streets" that also recognize the needs of transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  This way of thinking acknowledges that roads are not only transportation facilities, but also vital components of our communities.  

Strategic investments will also help to provide a stronger commitment to transit.  Northeastern Illinois needs and deserves a world-class transit system.  This requires attention to not only how transit operates, but how it is perceived.  A transit system that functions well, with on-time and frequent service and seamless connection between modes, is a necessity.  But so are features that make transit attractive, such as clean stations, modern transit vehicles, and clear information.  

Finally, such an approach will recognize the critical importance of freight to our region.  Metropolitan Chicago is the nation's preeminent freight hub, linking the region's industries and consumers to global markets.  Highways, railroads, waterways, and airports all provide important connections to the world.  Yet each of these modes of transportation is intertwined with the livability of the region.  

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